The more than 700 years old village of Lokva Rogoznica was, as legend has it, founded by 7 noble families which were given the land by King Bela IV , and used it for farming, agriculture, fishing and especially winemaking. In the old days, the inhabitants of Rogoznica were mostly land workers and their homes were situated high up on the slopes of the Dinara mountain. Many of the paths that the inhabitants of old Lokva Rogoznica used in order to reach the invaluable sources of fresh water on the coast are still in use today. After the construction of the Adriatic Highway, the villagers started building their houses below it, closer to the sea, and Lokva started to develop into the famous tourist destination it is today and attracting numerous visitors with its beaches ideal for relaxation, its untouched nature and a bit of history you can experience when visiting the old village of Lokva and its numerous old chapels, some built more than 500 years ago! Especially interesting is the Church of Holy Vid, situated at the very peak of Omiška Dinara (at 639m above sea level) , which can be reached by a well-maintained walking trail, ideal for an afternoon or early-morning walking tour. Another interesting fact about Lokva Rogoznica is that, up until the 2nd half of the 20th century, many of its inhabitants lived from excavation of sand from the sea bottom – so called salbunjerstvo – a special traditional technique of sand digging which is extinct today. Also, according to some sources, it was precisely at the territory of Lokva that the medieval Code of Rogoznica (13th century) was written, as one of the oldest legal documents of the region.
The Cetina Canyon:
The greatest opportunities for an active holiday are provided precisely by the unspoiled nature of the Cetina canyon, which has enjoyed the status of protected significant landscape ever since 1963. Along its more than a 100 kilometers long course, the Cetina river has something to offer to all. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you won’t skip Zipline, canyoning, kayaking or rafting – but if, on the other hand, adrenaline isn’t your thing, there’s no reason to worry – long walks by the river, sightseeing river boat tours or pure, spontaneous enjoyment of the scenery will definitely be a reward in themselves. As reminders of the turbulent history of the region, numerous medieval forts can still be found along the entire course of the Cetina. Some of them are well hidden and partly destroyed, whereas others still proudly stand high above the Cetina, serving as vantage points over the amazing canyon. The most famous among them is the fort of Viseć, located not far from the popular excursion and picnic place of Radmanove mlinice (Radman Mills) – another well hidden jewel amidst the unspoiled nature of the Cetina canyon. The power of the Cetina river had been used to spin the wooden water wheel of the local mills ever since the 16th century, and in the 19th century the complex of the mills was taken over by the Radman family, who gradually started using it as a summer villa. The old mill in Radmanovemlinice still stands, but only as an attraction for numerous tourists visiting this beautiful excursion place, which is today one of the most popular of its kind in this part of Dalmatia. It is interesting to note that, due to the one of a kind scenery and unspoiled nature, Radmanove Mlinice were chosen as one of the locations for the filming of the famous Winnetou movie in the period from 1962 to 1969. Source: visitomis.hr
Greetings from Lokva Rogoznica